A Stage for All

215. Ornate

148. Historic

This is the entrance to the Wisconsin Union Theater, a building in the Bascom Hill Historic District on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

There is a historical marker here with the following inscription:

A Stage For All

Not long after she was denied permission to perform at the D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. because she was African-American, famous singer Marian Anderson found welcome at the University of Wisconsin. She sang at Memorial Union in 1939, headlining the inaugural season of performances in the Wisconsin Union Theater, the first cultural center to be opened in the university union. Over the years, the theater established itself as a showcase for all cultures, including such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Paul Robeson.

A Stage for All

Here is a photograph of the rest of the building.


7 Responses to “A Stage for All”

  1. 1 tmcchesney
    March 24, 2009 at 7:30 am

    What stunning detail – a beautiful piece of architecture!!

  2. March 24, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Excellent detail shot of the building – I love the asymmetry of it. What a storied background this building has and I’m sure a source of pride for the university. Thanks for showing the whole building too – its nice to put the detail from the main image in context.

  3. March 24, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Gorgeous architectural shot. Beautiful building too! I like the way you got the cool green ceiling to show up.

  4. March 24, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    What a grand entrance. I like how the bright arches frame the detailed interior ceiling drawing your eye there.

  5. 5 Danudin
    March 24, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    The arches are superb and that is enhanced by seeing the building setting as well, the history of the story is the topper for me.

  6. 6 Gandalf
    March 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I love the arches. No Mickey D arches here.

  7. 7 Mary Lou
    March 27, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Beautiful detail and design. Great history behind this building.

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